160th anniversary

Fantastic Hillhead exhibition signals end of Sykes Pumps 160th celebrations

It has been an incredible year for Sykes Pumps, with the company going all-out to celebrate our 160th anniversary of continuous operation. A maiden appearance at Hillhead 2018 towards the end of June brought the curtain down on a continued effort to mark a significant milestone in our history.

To commemorate this landmark, our marketing team delved into the archives to broaden our knowledge of the company’s extensive history. This led to a lot of previously unknown information being uncovered and this has been shared via various platforms over the past 12 months.

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Sykes Pumps’ inter-company bowling competition rounds off 160th anniversary celebrations

With Sykes Pumps’ 160th anniversary celebrations now drawing to a close, the last six participants in our company-wide bowling competition took to the alley to compete in the grand final in Essex.

Two previous rounds had seen around 250 employees whittled down to just half a dozen, leaving Ian Lilley, Rob Richards, Chris Medhurst, Jason Watson, John Tomlinson and Chris Wood to battle it out.

Paul Wood, David Himsworth and Mark Page were also present to witness the action.

A simple scoring format meant that whoever had the highest total across two games would be crowned champion – and it went down to the wire!

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Sykes Pumps provide pump hire equipment for old Sykes House site

When a well-known construction company had issues keeping a site in South London dry following a sustained downpour, they contacted our pump specialists in search of an effective pumping solution.

The site in question was bought by Henry Sykes Ltd in 1928 and was the home of our head office for many years until its relocation to Wolverhampton. It is situated just a few hundred yards from our flagship depot in Charlton but now looks almost unrecognisable when compared with the area we once occupied.

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Andrews Sykes uncover original centenary brochure

In 1957, the company – under the name Henry Sykes Ltd – celebrated our first one hundred years of business. In order to mark this milestone, a commemorative centenary brochure was produced to document our incredible growth during that period.

The build-up to this anniversary prompted a lot of research about our history and led to a lot of previously unknown information being uncovered by our marketing team. While conducting their research, the team came across old copies of the original Henry Sykes 100th anniversary book. Further investigation uncovered the fact that an ex-employee still owned one of the original copies in pristine condition – and this can now be viewed here.

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Sykes celebrate 160-year milestone

Sykes Pumps are delighted to have reached another momentous landmark in the company’s longstanding history – our 160th anniversary!

Initially founded as a localised engineering business in 1857, the firm has grown immeasurably over a period of more than a century and a half.

Providing all types of pumping assistance to big customers both in the UK and further afield, we are now recognised as a multi-national organisation with the resources necessary to provide specialist solutions for virtually every conceivable scenario.

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